Given all its challenges and complexities, even the most educated and experienced among us can use a little extra help when it comes to MU. For the uninitiated and for those involved in the program who occasionally wake up at night with their head spinning, here’s a useful refresher course in the basics of Meaningful Use.
Unquestionably, EHRs and the IT systems that create them are the way of the future. These computerized patient records provide numerous benefits over the hardcopy healthcare documents stored in bulging notebooks and folders at individual medical facilities. But the switch to EHRs requires an extensive investment of time, effort and capital on the part of healthcare providers and hospitals. The program popularly known as Meaningful Use was created to hasten the adoption of EHR systems with various incentives.
MU dates back to 2009 when the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act enabled the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to implement initiatives to improve quality-of-care through the promotion of healthcare IT systems, including EHRs. To achieve this, the HHS Center for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) introduced the Medicare & Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, MU being one of those programs.
The programs provides financial incentives to eligible healthcare providers, hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) that implement government certified EHRs and use them in a ways that help improve patient care, exchange information with other providers and facilities and track quality measures.
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Posted by Anita Karcz on April 15, 2014 at 10:54am
According to a recent Meritalk report, 82% of health IT executives report that their organizations are not prepared for a downtime. Not only does this raise major concern in the area of patient care, but also brings into question the economics of some of these institutions.
Many organizations have faced a downtime of one kind or another. Most healthcare organizations have even faced an unplanned downtime. In today’s world, with technology evolving at a constant rate, a HIT system, Application or Network downtime shouldn’t effect an organization nearly as much as it has in the past. Business continuity tools make any type of downtime manageable, if they are in place.
Once a downtime starts, chaos typically quickly ensues. Physicians scramble to use paper charts, only to realize the most recent information on patient is unavailable. Organizations have become so dependent on electronic records, that using paper based data as a backup strategy was not viable. Tools such as the Summit Downtime Reporting System enable hospitals to rely entirely on electronic records, worry free.
Downtime Reporting systems provide clinical and non-clinical users with a snapshot of key information, which is easily accessible from multiple touch points within their hospital. You can push critical report data to countless nursing units, ancillary departments and IT to ensure downtime is as streamlined and stress free as possible.
For more information on the Summit Downtime Reporting System (DRS), join our webcast below. Hear Pomona Valley Hospital (PVH) discuss how they leverage Summit DRS to ensure they deliver critical patient reports on time and…Continue
Posted by Alexandra Casey on April 8, 2014 at 1:00pm
RSVP Top Right for Meeting Details Date: Thursday May 1, 2014 Time: 10AM PST/ 1PM EST Join our webcast as Susquehanna Health discusses how they successfully manage the inbound ordering process and in…
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